Posts Tagged ‘software licencing’

Rationalising software licensing in the virtual age

May 21st, 2011

When it comes to offering simple value-for-money licensing models for a virtual environment, many software suppliers have been dragging their feet, preferring to exploit the mismatch between traditional licensing models and modern systems architectures.

There are exceptions, of course, and some suppliers have been quick to evolve their thinking, but many are still not making it easy. Variation between suppliers then adds to the problem, making it very difficult to create standardised virtual systems that can be deployed predictably anywhere in the datacentre. These restrictive terms often force architectural workarounds to be developed. For example one database vendor’s licencing is written so that if a single virtual machine running a database was deployed on a server, then the entire physical server needs to be licenced. This would have the net effect of tying supported database workloads to a fixed pool of dedicated servers. While this can work well for static consolidation and predictable workloads, it hardly fits the vision of a dynamic private cloud that software suppliers are shouting about.

SAP licencing changes reduce your maintenance options

February 8th, 2010

Beware; the SAPman cometh. It appears as though SAP will be including new language into their licencing Agreements which may limit the contractual rights of its customer, potentially disallowing any future termination of maintenance and support services.  Hidden within a plethora of recent SAP announcements was the fact that SAP’s plans now include new language that suggests the only way it will contemplate any kind of maintenance and support services termination is if it applies to all its licensed software.  Clearly, SAP is responding to increased threats of competing support alternatives which allow SAP users to have some elements of their SAP portfolio supported by cheaper third parties. This “all or nothing” approach would appear tobe a straight forward attempt to eliminate a client’s ability to manage any kind of blended support solution and so reducing a client’s ability to pick and choose what is supported by SAP and what is not.